"The question must be asked again and again. Why bother with the WSL?"
John John Florence is better than every other other horned-up lunkhead on tour.
The almost thirty one year old from Pipeline on Hawaii’s North Shore is living proof of the adage simplicity is the ultimate sophistication as he shepherds his family of four, two brothers, mammy Alex and wife Lauren, around the horn of southern Africa.
In these sublime twelve-minutes, Florence’s elegance and grace, as well as his well-noted mystery, radiate from the screen. There is no look-at-me grab for attention, only a sensuality that delivers desirability and vitality in spades.
As noted two weeks ago, the video studiously avoids mention of the Jeffreys Bay Pro where the two-time world champ was controversially clipped by Conner O’Leary for a ninth place finish, again a hint that he may not return to the tour in 2024.
“In John John’s case, there’s nothing left on the tour for him,” wrote Surfads. “And with every underscore, every mistimed comp window, every title decided at 4 foot Trestles, with his little brother and the world slab tour beckoning, with the carrot of Olympic qualification dangling for a only a couple more months… the question must be asked again and again. Why bother with the WSL?”